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Poetry book by Vasco Graça Moura is presented in Lisbon

The work with unpublished poems ‘A Puxar ao Sentimento’ by Vasco Graça Moura, who died four years ago, is presented today at 6:30 pm in the Luís de Freitas Branco room, at the Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB) in Lisbon.

The work is composed of unpublished poems for fado, musical genre for which the poet had appreciation, having been sung among others, by Mísia, Maria Ana Bobone and Ana Sofia Varela.

The ceremony counts on the performance of the fado singer Katia Guerreiro, who, of Graça Moura, among several poems, recorded ‘Hasta ao Fim’, musicado by Mário Pacheco.

‘A Puxar ao Sentimento’, with the seal of Quetzal, is presented by musicologist Rui Vieira Nery, author of ‘For a History of Fado …’.

With the publication of this book, the publisher intends to perpetuate the memory of “one of the great voices of poetry and literature of our time” and, at the same time, to honor the fado, contributing to “open (even more) its doors.”

“Marked by his melancholic genius and full of irony,” Wuetzal stresses.

Vasco Graça Moura was an author of a vast poetic work, essay and fiction, as well as a translator, namely Francesco Petrarca’s ‘Rimas’, Dante Alighieri’s ‘The Divine Comedy’, ‘Shakespeare’s Sonnets’ Elegies of Duino and The Sonnets to Orpheus’ by Rainer Maria Rilke.

Vasco Graça Moura received, among others, the Pessoa awards, in 1995, P.E.N. Poetry Club in 1993 and the Poetry Grand Prix of the Portuguese Association of Writers (APE) in 1998 and the Romance and Novel APE in 2004. In 2007 he received the Vergílio Ferreira Prize and the Max Jacob Poetry Prize Étranger.

Vasco Graça Moura was a Member of the PSD from 1999 to 2009, and was at the head of the CCB from 2012 to 2014, among other public functions, such as the administrator of the National Press-Casa da Moeda (1979-1989), president of Executive Committee of the Commemorations of the Centennial of Fernando Pessoa (1988) and of the National Commission for the Commemorations of the Portuguese Discoveries (1988-1995).

The Portuguese state, among other decorations, bestowed on him the Grand Cross of the Order of Sant’Iago da Espada in January 2014, about three months before his death, at the age of 72.

The book of poetry “Changing Mode” marked its publishing debut in 1963. In fiction it was debuted in 1987 with the novel ‘Four Last Songs’, seven years after publishing his first essay, ‘Luís de Camões: Some Challenges’ .

He returned to Camões, one of the poets he admired, in 2014, with the publication of his last essay, ‘Portraits of Camoes’.

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